Women won more than 60% of US medals at the Tokyo Paralympics

Gold medalists Hannah Aspden, Mikaela Jenkins, Jessica Long and Morgan Stickney of Team United States pose during the women’s 4x100m Medley Relay - 34 points medal ceremony on day 9 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
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For the first time in history, the 2021 U.S. Paralympic team includes more women (121) than men (113). This is especially notable given that the Paralympics are far less gender balanced than the Olympics. In Tokyo, women account for about 42 percent of all Paralympians, though this is a still an increase from previous Games.

Team USA – Women’s Medal Count

Throughout the Paralympic Games, On Her Turf tracked the success of the women of Team USA, tallying every medal they earned.

In Tokyo, the 2021 U.S. Paralympic team won 104 total medals, including 37 gold.

Of those medals, 64 total (and 23 gold) have been won by women, either in women’s events (58 total, 20 gold) or in open/mixed gender events (6 total, 3 gold).

In other words: women won 61.5 percent of total U.S. medals and 62 percent of U.S. gold medals.

(Methodology note: The U.S. wheelchair rugby team’s silver is not included in this “women’s medal count.” While wheelchair rugby is a mixed gender sport, the U.S. team in Tokyo did not include any women. However, medals like the U.S. track team’s gold in the mixed gender 4x100m universal relay are included as women were members of that medal-winning team.)

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Cycling

Track Cycling – Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit – C4 (video highlight here)

  • Silver: Shawn Morelli
    • Morelli, a U.S. Army veteran, claimed the U.S. team’s first medal of the Tokyo Paralympics. Read more about Morelli’s accomplishment here.

Road Cycling – Women’s Time Trial – C4

  • Gold: Shawn Morelli

Road Cycling – Women’s Time Trial – H4-5

  • Gold: Oksana Masters (Read more about Masters’ Paralympic journey here)

Road Cycling – Women’s Road Race – H1-4

  • Bronze: Alicia Dana

Road Cycling – Women’s Road Race – H5 (video highlight here)

  • Gold: Oksana Masters 

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Road Cycling – Women’s Road Race – T1-2

  • Bronze: Jill Walsh

Road Cycling – Mixed Gender H1-5 Team Relay

  • Bronze: United States (Alicia Dana, Alfredo de los Santos, Ryan Pinney)

Equestrian

Individual Championship Test – Grade I

  • Gold: Roxanne Trunnell on Dolton
    • This result by Trunnell and horse Dolton marked the United States’ first gold medal in equestrian at the Olympics or Paralympics since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Individual Freestyle Test – Grade I (video highlight here)

  • Gold: Roxanne Trunnell on Dolton

Team Test to Music

  • Bronze: U.S. Team (Roxanne Trunnell, Rebecca Hart, Kate Shoemaker)

Goalball

Following a thrilling semifinal shootout victory against Brazil, the U.S. women’s goalball team played for gold. The U.S. went on to claim silver, falling to Turkey 9-2 in the gold medal game.

The U.S. women’s goalball team included Amanda Dennis, Asya MillerEliana Mason, Lisa CzechowskiMarybai Huking, and Mindy Cook. Both Miller and Czechowski competed at their sixth Paralympics in Tokyo.

Read more about the U.S. women’s goalball team here.


Rowing

Mixed Coxed Four – PR3 (video highlight here)

  • Silver: U.S. Team (Danielle Hansen, Karen Petrik, Allie Reilly, Charley Nordin, John Tanguay)

Sitting Volleyball

The U.S. women’s sitting volleyball team won gold, defeating China 3-1 in the final. The U.S. has now claimed a medal at every Paralympics since women’s sitting volleyball debuted: bronze in 2004, silver in 2008 and 2012, and gold in 2016 and 2020.

The U.S. women’s sitting volleyball team at the Tokyo Paralympics:

  • Lora Webster (MB, Point Lookout, New York)
  • Bethany Zummo (L, Dublin, California)
  • Lexi Shifflett (S/L, Waseca, Minnesota)
  • Katie Holloway (OH, Lake Stevens, Washington)
  • Heather Erickson (OPP, Fayetteville, North Carolina)
  • Monique Matthews (MB/OH, Ardmore, Oklahoma)
  • Whitney Dosty (OH/OPP, Tucson, Arizona)
  • Jillian Williams (MB/OPP/OH, Odem, Texas)
  • Emma Schieck (OH, Statesville, North Carolina)
  • Nichole Millage (OPP, Champaign, Illinois)
  • Kaleo Kanahele Maclay (S, Edmond, Oklahoma)
  • Annie Flood (S/OPP, Salem, Oregon)

The team was led by head coach Bill Hamiter and assistant coach Michelle Goodall.

READ MORE: US women win second straight gold in sitting volleyball


Swimming

Women’s 50m Butterfly – S6

  • Bronze: Elizabeth Marks

Women’s 50m Butterfly – S7

  • Silver: Mallory Weggemann

Women’s 50m Freestyle – S6 (highlight here)

  • Silver: Elizabeth Marks 

Women’s 100m Backstroke – S6

  • Gold: Elizabeth Marks

Women’s 100m Backstroke – S7 (video highlight here)

  • Gold: Mallory Weggemann
  • Bronze: Julia Gaffney

Women’s 100m Backstroke – S8

  • Bronze: Jessica Long

Women’s 100m Backstroke – S9 (video highlight here)

  • Gold: Hannah Aspden

Women’s 100m Backstroke – S13 (video highlight here)

  • Gold: Gia Pergolini
    • In the final of this race, Pergolini lowered her own world record, touching the wall in 1:04.64. Pergolini’s result came just one hour after her friend and roommate, Anastasia Pagonis, claimed gold in the 400m S11. Read more about Pergolini and Pagonis’s friendship here.

Women’s 100m Breaststroke – SB6 (highlight here)

  • Bronze: Sophia Herzog

Women’s 100m Breaststroke – SB7

  • Silver: Jessica Long

Women’s 100m Breaststroke – SB13

  • Silver: Colleen Young

Women’s 100m Freestyle – S3

  • Silver: Leanne Smith

Women’s 100m Freestyle – S7

  • Silver: McKenzie Coan

Women’s 100m Butterfly – S8

  • Gold: Jessica Long 

RELATED: Swimmer Jessica Long departs fifth Paralympics with 29 career medals

Women’s 100m Butterfly – S9

  • Silver: Elizabeth Smith

Women’s 100m Butterfly – S10

  • Gold: Mikaela Jenkins

Women’s 200m Individual Medley – SM7 (video highlight here)

  • Gold: Mallory Weggemann 
  • Silver: Ahalya Lettenberger

Women’s 200m Individual Medley – SM8 (video highlight here)

  • Gold: Jessica Long
    • Long claimed her fourth straight gold medal in this event, a streak that started at the 2008 Beijing Games. Read more here.

Women’s 200m Individual Medley – SM11

  • Bronze: Anastasia Pagonis

Women’s 200m Individual Medley – SM13

  • Silver: Colleen Young

Women’s 400m Freestyle – S7 (video highlight here)

  • Gold: McKenzie Coan
  • Bronze: Julia Gaffney

Women’s 400m Freestyle – S8

  • Gold: Morgan Stickney
  • Silver: Jessica Long

Women’s 400m Freestyle – S11 (video highlight here)

  • Gold: Anastasia Pagonis
    • Pagonis, 17, touched the wall 4:54.49 to break her own world record, which she set earlier this summer at U.S. Paralympic Swimming Trials. Her victory marked the U.S. team’s first gold medal of the Tokyo Paralympics. Read more here.

Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay (34 points)

  • Gold: United States (Hannah Aspden, Mikaela Jenkins, Jessica Long, and Morgan Stickney)
    • Read more about the U.S. team’s victory and watch a highlight of Stickney’s thrilling anchor leg performance here.

Track & Field

Women’s 100m – T13

  • Bronze: Kym Crosby

Women’s 100m – T37

  • Silver: Jaleen Roberts (read more here)

Women’s 100m – T47

  • Silver: Brittni Mason
  • Bronze: Deja Young

Women’s 100m – T54

  • Bronze: Cheri Madsen (Read more about Madsen, who made her Paralympic debut in 1996, here)

Women’s 200m – T47

  • Silver: Brittni Mason

Women’s 400m – T13

  • Bronze: Kym Crosby

Women’s 400m – T20

  • Gold: Breanna Clark

Women’s 400m – T54

  • Silver: Cheri Madsen

Women’s 800m – T34

  • Bronze: Alexa Halko

Women’s 800m – T54 (video highlight here)

  • Silver: Tatyana McFadden
  • Bronze: Susannah Scaroni

Women’s 1500m – T13

  • Silver: Liza Corso

Women’s 5000m – T54 (video highlight here)

  • Gold: Susannah Scaroni 
  • Bronze: Tatyana McFadden
    • After the victory, Scaroni credited McFadden, her teammate and training partner, with helping her win. “Tatyana didn’t make a chase, which meant they didn’t catch up over those seven laps,” Scaroni said. “I feel like we both won, honestly.” Read more here.

Mixed Gender 4x100m Universal Relay

  • Gold: United States (Noah Malone, Brittni Mason, Nick Mayhugh, Tatyana McFadden)
    • Read more about the Paralympic debut of this event here.

Women’s Long Jump – T37

  • Silver: Jaleen Roberts

Women’s Club Throw – F51

  • Silver: Cassie Mitchell

Triathlon

Women’s Triathlon – PTS2 (video highlight here)

  • Gold: Allysa Seely
  • Silver: Hailey Danz

Women’s Triathlon – PTS5 (video highlight here)

  • Silver: Grace Norman

Women’s Triathlon – PTWC (video highlight here)

  • Gold: Kendall Gretsch
    • In a thrilling finish, Gretsch chased down Australian Lauren Parker to claim gold by one second. Gretsch, who also owns two gold medals in Nordic skiing from the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympics, became the fifth American – and third American woman –  to win gold at both the summer and winter Paralympic Games. Read more here.

Wheelchair Basketball

The U.S. women’s wheelchair basketball team claimed bronze, defeating Germany 64-51. The Netherlands won gold – the country’s first ever gold medal in the event – while China claimed silver.

2021 U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team:

Number Name Sport Class Paralympic Experience
1 Alejandra (Ali) Ibanez 2.5 Paralympic debut
3 Abigail (Abby) Bauleke 1.5 Paralympic debut
4 Zoe Voris 3.5 Paralympic debut
5 Darlene Hunter 1.0 Third Paralympics
7 Josie Aslakson 1.0 Paralympic debut
8 Natalie Schneider (C) 4.5 Fourth Paralympics
15 Rose Hollermann 3.5 Third Paralympics
21 Kaitlyn Eaton 1.5 Paralympic debut
24 Lindsey Zurbrugg 2.5 Paralympic debut
43 Bailey Moody 4.0 Paralympic debut
54 Ixhelt Gonzalez 4.5 Paralympic debut
55 Courtney Ryan 2.0 Paralympic debut

 


Wheelchair Rugby

While wheelchair rugby is a mixed gender sport, the U.S. team – which claimed silver – did not include any women.

That said, wheelchair rugby did see several notable firsts for women at the Tokyo Paralympics:

  • Great Britain’s Kylie Grimes became the first woman to claim gold in wheelchair rugby. To put that in perspective: since the sport debuted at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, 57 athletes have won gold: 56 men and one woman (Grimes). Read more about this historic first here.
  • The Tokyo Paralympics broke the record for women’s participation in wheelchair rugby at a single Games thanks to the four women who competed: Kylie Grimes (GBR), Kurahashi Kae (JPN), Shae Graham (AUS), Sofie Sejer Skoubo (DEN).

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How to watch the Tokyo Paralympics

NBC will provide over 1,200 hours of Paralympic coverage. Here are some highlights:

  • A full Paralympic TV schedule (which includes an overview of coverage on NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel) can be found here.
  • Events can also be livestreamed on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. More info is available here.